2008 Kia Rio Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,035 - $4,934
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
32 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
110
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,035 - $4,934
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
32 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
110
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Kia Rio If...

If you're seeking a fuel-efficient small car that is affordable, stylish, roomy and well equipped, the 2008 Kia Rio makes a great choice. Those worried about long-term reliability can take comfort in the Rio's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Kia Rio Models & Trims

Base $3,525 - $4,840*
Horsepower: 110 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 14 x 5.0 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LX $3,243 - $4,934*
Horsepower: 110 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 14 x 5.5 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SX $3,035 - $4,622*
Horsepower: 110 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 x 5.5, 16 x 6.5 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

3.95

44 Reviews

36% 30% 27% 7% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2008 Kia Rio, blue, gets you there.

It's a small, compact car that gets great gas mileage and doesn't cost a lot to fill up the tank. In the 10 years that I have had the car, I have had to replace the battery twice. The AC doesn't work like it used to even though I have had it looked at, but it's 10 years old so it's going to have its quirks. Getting a new one soon, but it was a pretty good car.

- Laura E

Kip the Rio is reliable and comfortable.

I named my blue Kia Rio Kip. He takes me everywhere I need to go, though he's not great in cold weather. The pain on his door handles started chipping the first big snow storm we got in Portland and it has gotten worse over the years. Other than that, and sometimes having battery issues when he has sat for a while unused, he's very reliable and comfortable.

- Shereen R

This car is very efficient with its fuel, scoring 30 mpg.

The main reason I bought my car was because it was a good deal; it had 85k miles for $6000. Additionally, I liked how small my car was for being in San Antonio since I could squeeze some turns and not worry about being able to park somewhere. However, I didn't realize how inconvenient it would be to have no power-windows or power-locks until I had the car.

- Armando D

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Compare Models & Key Features

Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Front angle view.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,525 - $4,840
$3,243 - $4,934

Horsepower

Horsepower
110 hp
110 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.6L DOHC CVVT 16
1.6L DOHC CVVT 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Not Available
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Not Available
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Not Available
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Not Available
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.8 in.
42.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
39.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.3 in.
34.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 in.
37.8 - 38.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.9 cu. ft.
11.9 cu. ft.

Entertainment

AUX Input

AUX Input
Not Available
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Not Available
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P175/70R14
P185/65R14

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.4 in.
98.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
32.7 ft.
33.1 ft.

Length

Length
166.9 in.
158.1 - 166.9 in.

Width

Width
66.7 in.
66.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2365 .lbs
2365 - 2487 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
110 hp
110 hp

Torque

Torque
107 ft. lbs.
107 ft. lbs.

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 gal.
11.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
34 mpg
32 mpg

City

City
32 mpg
29 mpg

Highway

Highway
35 mpg
35 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Not Available
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings